This is just going to be a quickie, but I need to get to it before I lose it: New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health finds that,
Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids—found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood—may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. (HSPH News)
It’s hard for me to hear about Omega-3′s (EPA and DHA) and not think of Alice and Fred Ottoboni’s work in this domain. They’ve done more to help me understand the importance of these substances than anyone else, and it’s hard to consider their book, Modern Nutritional Diseases as anything less than brilliant.
A major function of a healthy body is to continuously heal itself against almost every type of insult. Damage occurs constantly from microorganisms, cosmic rays, etc, and the body works constantly to heal itself. From my side of the world, disease is defined as failure to heal. Failure to heal in a skin wound results in a backup type of healing called scar tissue. Failure to heal in the brain causes scar tissue in the brain that experts can see during autopsy. This tissue is said to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
So it turns out that fructose-induced metabolic syndrome makes you stupid. …at least it does if you’re a rat, or presumably, are rat-brained.
In a new paper published in the May 2012 issue of The Journal of Physiology with the catchy title, “Metabolic syndrome’ in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition”, UCLA biologists Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla posit that cognitive impairment resulting from metabolic syndrome can be corrected by supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids. This is the real news behind the headline, and the authors endeavor to describe it clearly: